One of the more iconic images of Bermuda, along with businessmen dressed in "formal" Bermuda shorts and pink buses, is the "Birdcage". The Bird Cage actually resembles an open birdcage-like structure painted in blue & white colors, resting on a slightly raised platform; this unique structure is the place of work for a Bermudian policeman who...more
One of the most charming, historic buildings we saw while visiting Hamilton was the Perot Post Office located on Queen Street, just near Par-la-Ville Park. This 2-story British Colonial building easily stands out on the street because it is painted a brilliant white, with 8 over 8 pane windows on the ground level and 6 over 6 pane windows on the...more
Among the several churches located on appropriately named "Church Street," is the neo-Gothic "The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity" is the only one we visited. Its solid stone structure with soaring tower, and multitude of stained glass windows leaves no question that it is a cathedral.However, this church is not the original building. The...more
The CenotaphOn your walk exploring Front Street, notice the somber monument facing the street which is the "Cenotaph". Built in 1920 of (local?) limestone, the Cenotaph is a memorial for those who died for Bermuda in the first two world wars. Apparently, the Bermuda cenotaph is a replica of the one that you will see in Whitehall, London. Befitting...more
Though Par-la-Ville Park is prominently featured on any good map of Bermuda, we did not make it a priority to see when we visited Hamilton. Rather it was just good luck that we had the opportunity to visit it when we stopped at the Perot Post Office as it is virtually next door.There are actually two entrances to the park: enter through the one on...more
While you're visiting City Hall's art galleries --- the Bermuda Society of Arts Gallery and Bermuda National Gallery --- notice that the building itself has several points of interest --- notice the magnificent staircase, chandeliers and paintings. You will enter through magnificent, tall Bermuda cedar doors into the main lobby. Inside and to the...more
24 Rosemont Ave, Hamilton, HM06, Caribbean
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3 Stonington Circle, South Shore Road, (formerly Stonington Beach Hotel), Bermuda, PG 04, Caribbean
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Hours: Bar 11:00 – 01:00 (7 days)Lunch 11:30 – 17:00 (7 days)Dinner 17:00 – 22:00 (7 days Some possible dishes to try include:Bermuda Fish Chowder which Rachael Ray had on her $40/Day TV show (although not here)Guinness Pie (Chunks of beef simmered in Guinness with mushrooms, onions and potato in a light pastry crust)All-day Irish Breakfast (eggs,...more
"The Smokin' Barrel" is difficult to classify --- should it be called local food, or a street-side BBQ? It's probably a little both. I can tell you if you were not hungry before your nose sensed the delicious aroma of the Smokin' Barrel, you will be afterwards!Serving up plates of smoked ribs, chicken, jerk chicken, lemon-pepper fish, curried...more
One of my favorite stops in Hamilton was the Hog Penny Pub. Established in 1957, it claims to be the "oldest licensed establishment in Hamilton," and "the original inspiration for the "Cheers Pub" in Boston."The minute we stepped into the Hog Penny, the pub immediately appealed to me because of its resemblance to the cozy pubs of Britain. The...more
Being that the Bermudian people must be some of the most friendly people in the world, it is easy to strike up a conversation with almost anyone, anywhere. And so after a friendly and lengthy conversation with a postal clerk, we asked her opinion for a good place to have lunch. Without hesitation she recommended "The Spot" only a short walk away...more
Bus transportation is one of the three most used methods of traveling to Hamilton and all around the island. The color of Bermuda's buses is so unsual you cannot fail to notice them!! They are Pink and Blue!! Even though we did not use the bus to travel to Hamilton, it is very obvious that many people, both locals and tourists, do.There is a fairly...more
Probably one of the fastest methods for traveling from one point to another in Bermuda is by using their excellent ferry system. We used the ferries operated by "Sea Express" on 2 of the 3 days during our visit and always found them fast, efficient and very comfortable. All rides are usually 45 minutes or less. We traveled by ferry from the Royal...more
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Whether you use the word "Gombey" to refer to the dancers or the dance itself, it generally refers to a Bermudian tradition that began when black slaves were first brought from Africa and the Caribbean. "Gombey" is said to be derived from an African or Bantu word meaning "rhythm."
With bright & colorful costumes and masks and long-held ways of dancing, it would be easy to mistake Gombey dancers in Bermuda for the "Mummers" in Philadelphia, or the "crews" of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. [In Philadelphia or New Orleans the groups would be called "crews" or "brigades," etc.] One way in which the Gombey dancers' tradition does differ from the American groups is that the Bermudian people throw cash & coins at the Gombeys versus in America where the parade crews actually throw trinkets at the people in the roadside watchers.
Dance routines are based on African, American Indian, Biblical, British "mummers" and West Indian lore and traditions. Each group is a "crowd." There is a method of collecting contributions from spectators though I have no idea how. The musical accompaniment is usually a kettle drum with two snare drums, covered with goat skin, and a beer bottle fife which produces the sound of a flute crossed with a whistle.
As the story goes: "The Wild Indian and Trapper have a perpetual chase. The Chiefs also carry large tomahawks and shields. Warriors or Choppers include children of families. Under the Captain, the dancers have duets and solos simulating combat. Once, they also re-enacted biblical stories like David's fight with Goliath. "
The dance itself was originally intended to be performed only on Britain's & Bermuda's Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year's Day - the two days of the year when slaves were given a rest from their labors. Today, they appear much more frequently at public events.
Traditional Gombey troupes include: Warner's Gombeys, Norford's, the Shakey Smith Troupe, Richardson's, and Wilson's Troupe. Philadelphia Mummer brigades as well as Mardi Gras crews in New Orleans also carry names which were established decades upon decades ago. I found it surprising to learn about these similarities between our two countries' traditions. Before moving to the northeast coast of the US, I had never heard of Mummers myself.
When travelling in this wonderful part of the world make sure that you Don't underestimate the power of the heat in the sun.
Sunburn can creep up on you if you don't have a sunscreen on ..Also make sure that you have a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses. Whether you be snorkelling,diving , or just laying in the sun out boating and enjoying the beauty and clearness of the waters here , and taking in the amazing colours , the many shades of blue and greens is to be beleived .. but ,the reflection of the sun can be a problem if not taken into consideration. Anywhere in this lovely part of the world can get extremely hot so make sure that you apply a reliable strong sunscreen to all exposed areas use a sunscreen of at least 30+ to avoid the dangers of the sun. I carry also a lip balm and a moisturiser when in the sun and after.
Our newly met friends spent one day with us as we visited St. George's, Tobacco Bay, the Bermuda Perfumery, and had lunch at the Swizzle Inn. To finish the day ashore, they suggested we take a bus to reach the area known for its beautiful beaches and walk the cliff path.Departing the bus at Warwick Long Bay Beach in the south of Warwick parish, we...more
The Bermuda Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, is the seat (main church) of the Anglican Church of Bermuda. The Cathedral is known not only for its religious, historical, and social importance, but also for its beautiful Neo-Gothic architecture. This architectural style is characterized by stained-glass windows and...more
Since I am particularly interested in lighthouses, and also in boating, I made sure to be on deck when we were going into and out of the harbors. My husband would love to sail our own boat to Bermuda, and my cousin and also some friends have gone to Bermuda in their sailboats. I found the ATONs (Aids to Navigation) particularly interesting. There...more
While Bermuda is best known for its beaches, golf and swimming, Hamilton, the capitol isn't the place for any of those things. What I liked about Hamilton was the shopping.Hamilton, a centrally located town (city) and the capitol of the country, is right on the waterfront but NOT on the beach. While we were there a British destroyer was med-moored...more